March 6, 2011

Etsy House...New On PBS!

So, one of my nieces has just moved into her own apartment.
She has lived on her own for years...but never alone...on her
own! That's hard to do out here...roommates are pretty much
a must!
But she has finally done it and we are now in the process of
"design on a dime"-ing it! Ok, maybe "design on a dollar"...
but not much more than that.
Her mantra is "all about Etsy style"...although I don't 100%
embrace all things Etsy...I do have 99 items in my cart at, I "get" what she's aiming for! ;}

I have had these plates for probably 10 years...I knew I'd need
them one day! They weigh a ton, so they were surely "restaurant" ware...
and if need be she can fend off an attacker with one of these babies!!

Because I am always thinking...I had just the right sized saucer to use
as a template! Thank you Home Goods {an my greed! ;}

I glued the sheet music down with some really nasty lumpy glue...
note to self...get new glue!!! And tried with all my might to press
out the bubbles and blobs! ACK!

{that always makes people feel special, huh? She won't read this
anyway...I don't rate next to Apartment Therapy! ;}

Cut out my "J is for Jenny"!
{Maybe I should have used "P" for Pookie?}

I decided I wanted a shiny look instead of matte, so I brushed on a
layer of this Italian glue for that effect...and to make it more
cosmopolitan...since Jen has been to Italy, I thought she'd
feel the amoré... ;}

...easy peasy...

Added my little "J"...

OK, department stores won't be beating down my door begging me
to let them sell these any time soon...
it's just a bit of personalized Etsy-esque fun for Jen's new "diggs"!

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  1. Neat idea! And everyone loves things that are monogrammed. Great job!

  2. Nice idea! I like it! Wishing you well! Cathy

  3. Such a lovely creative gift.

    I am spoiled as I have a home goods just a mile from my house.


  4. What a cute and THRIFTY idea...hop over and share it at my NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS PARTY...hope to see ya there:)


  5. How sweet. I love the shape of those plates--perfect for the sheet music and the "J". Very nice and I'm sure she will love them.

  6. A great idea, sumple but effective.

  7. I love the etsyfied adaptation!

  8. Great idea!..your niece is lucky!....Love your sisters cabinet & your herding cat video!
    Also love your peonie entry...and I must admit I like your thoughts on why we have them here!...I do believe I will remember that in a few months when the rain & snow & just cold days are replaced with a bit warmer days ..not O.C. warm but nevertheless, warm enough that we have those stunning flowers in our gardens, grocery stores and numerous plant stands along the road sides...They are beautiful!
    Thanks for reminding me ...spring is almost here and summer soon to follow!

  9. That is darling and I'm sure she will love it. What an exciting adventure moving on your own the first time...I remember that time in my life well. Fun and yet a bit scary too. Hugs- Diana

  10. I just love anything with sheet music so this project of yours really spoke to me. Of couse the letter "J" helped to, lol.
    Jane T.

  11. Tres chic!! I love it... not too hard to do but the outcome is fabulous!! Thanks for the wonderful idea. I love wandering though Etsy and looking at "things". What a great place to get lost in!

    Big hugs from a cold Ohioan, Sherry

  12. What a great project! Very creative, she'll love it! My daughter is a J, you can always send it here, we'd love it!

  13. I love this. Have you seen the lace mod podged on plates? It looks wonderful hanging on the wall. I love your blog. I haven't stopped by in awhile I need to get over here everyday I have been missing lots!

  14. very clever and oh so pottery barn-looking! TFS! )

  15. Neat idea! Your niece will love it!


  16. I love your easy peasy... cuse in my world it would end up mayhem!
    Absolutely beautiful though!

  17. Jen has one awesome auntie! She will love this!
    I think J is a lovely letter, don't you?

  18. What a sweet gift! I love monograms, I will keep this in mind for my daughter's apartment (She is a senior this year.)
    Thanks for inspiring me today!

  19. great idea!!!!!!!!!!!
    lovely posts!
    Happy week,

  20. What a great idea and so modern with the music and the lettering. What a great gift for her. She will love it. I wouldn't mind a whole set for a tablescape! MMMMM.....

  21. That is so sweet, what a friend, she will adore this.

  22. Funny blog title! And I love your new word ~ etsy-esque! Now, please come up with 364 more new words as I visit you each day anyway!

    Jenny should absolutely love the new J PLate!!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  23. Now that is just cute! Wouldn't that be a cute music teacher gift!!!

  24. what a cool idea, AUNTIE M!

    i chuckled seeing the syracuse china. i was actually there YEARS ago, long before i could appreciate such a place. LOL


  25. It's precious..Love it.
    I am liking anything with sheet music lately. :)

  26. Way cool! I love it!

  27. Too cute for words - i absolutely love these! What a great aunt to help her decorate her first place! xoox

  28. What a great idea. Love it!

  29. Wow, these are fabulous. I am a fan and a follower;-) Hope o see you at My Dream Canvas

  30. I think your plate is great. Its funny that you have a Jenny that is also a "Pookie". My Jenny was Pookie Bear when she was little. Funny! Enjoyed the post.

  31. love it! Fantastic job! even with using crappy glue! Very etsy!

  32. The plate is beautiful! I found your blog at Between Naps on the Front Porch. You have such great ideas and I'm your newest follower! I'd love it if you'd follow me back:
    Again, you did a fantastic job with this!! :-)

  33. I just read the post about your sister's china cabinet and I am in love! We just installed white kitchen cabinets with glass doors and I was so inspired by the photo that I now know exactly what I am going to do with all of my pink teacups!

  34. reading through some of your posts - just found this one. excellent idea... thanks!


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